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Nominees Announced For Inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

The nominees, which include many of the sport's legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2009) – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today a history-rich list of 25 nominees for the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame induction class. From that list, five inductees will be chosen via a process that includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.COM; the inductees will be announced in October and honored next May at the new Hall of Fame facility in Charlotte, N.C.

The nominees, which include many of the sport's legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks.

"This first list of potential inductees is impressive, to say the least," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "Now comes the hard part -- choosing only five to be inducted. Every single person on this list is worthy to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame."

The HOF's first inductees will be determined by the Voting Panel, which has 50 members -- the entire Nominating Committee, 14 media members, four manufacturer representatives and nine retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs -- three each) and two recognized industry leaders. In addition, the fan vote will result in the Voting Panel's 51st and final ballot.

Following are the 25 individuals who have been nominated:

, 1983 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of 84 races , the first driver to win consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships , first NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, in 1949 , 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series , won record seven NASCAR Sprint Cup championships , nine-time NASCAR Modified champion , two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion , NASCAR president, chairman and CEO (1972-2003) , NASCAR founder and first president (1948-1972) , 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series , two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion , 50 wins as a driver, 132 wins and six championships as an owner , 63 wins and two NASCAR Sprint Cup titles as a car owner , NASCAR's first champion car owner , 1973 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion , 105 victories and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships , winner of the first Daytona 500 and first three-time series champion , 200 wins and seven NASCAR Sprint Cup titles -- both records , won 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 1962 Daytona 500 , first two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, 1951 and '53 , first to win Daytona 500, Southern 500, Coca-Cola 600 in same year , winner of 84 races and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships , two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion , as driver, laid foundation for Wood Brothers' future team success , winner of three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup titles, 1976-78

  • Bobby Allison
  • Buck Baker
  • Red Byron
  • Richard Childress
  • Dale Earnhardt
  • Richie Evans
  • Tim Flock
  • Bill France Jr.
  • Bill France Sr.
  • Rick Hendrick
  • Ned Jarrett
  • Junior Johnson
  • Bud Moore
  • Raymond Parks
  • Benny Parsons
  • David Pearson
  • Lee Petty
  • Richard Petty
  • Fireball Roberts
  • Herb Thomas
  • Curtis Turner
  • Darrell Waltrip
  • Joe Weatherly
  • Glen Wood
  • Cale Yarborough



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